Tout Va Bien

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Jean-Luc Godard's most commercial film since WEEKEND and his strongest attempt to bring political thought into popular film. In order to deliver his message of class struggle Godard signed two famous actors--Jane Fonda and Yves Montand. The plot of TOUT VA BIEN exists only, as Godard says in the film, to provide "a story for those who shouldn't still need...read more

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Jean-Luc Godard's most commercial film since WEEKEND and his strongest attempt to bring political thought into popular film. In order to deliver his message of class struggle Godard signed two famous actors--Jane Fonda and Yves Montand. The plot of TOUT VA BIEN exists only, as Godard

says in the film, to provide "a story for those who shouldn't still need one." Fonda is an American news reporter living in Paris with her husband, Montand, a former "New Wave" film director, who has turned to directing commercials. They pay a visit to a sausage factory and find themselves in the

middle of a work stoppage. The workers spout Maoist slogans and read political speeches into the cameras while taking over the factory's corporate offices. The plant manager is locked in his office and not even allowed to go to the bathroom. TOUT VA BIEN ends without neatly tying up the narrative,

letting "each individual create his own history."

It is different from Godard's other political films (WIND FROM THE EAST, SEE YOU AT MAO, and VLADIMIR ET ROSA to name a few). It received a commercial release (many of his other political films were shown only to workers and students), had two "movie stars" and even received financial backing from

Paramount (which opted not to distribute). The most impressive visuals are a multileveled cutaway of an office building which allows a view of all the offices at the same time, and a bravura tracking shot through an ultra-modern supermarket. TOUT VA BIEN was a noble effort to bring anti-bourgeois

cinema to the masses; needless to say, the masses stayed home.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: NR
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